Te Whau Pathway is a 12-kilometre shared walking and cycling path (plus about 3 km of connector paths), on and off road, linking the Waitematā Harbour with the Manukau Harbour, from Te Atatū Peninsula to Green Bay. It celebrates the portage of yesteryear when waka were carried from one harbour to the other.
The project is being developed as a partnership including the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust (which secured initial funding), Auckland Council, Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Boards, Auckland Transport and mana whenua.
The pathway will provide a largely off-road path walking and cycling connection between the Northwestern Cycleway, the New Lynn to Avondale cycleway currently under construction, and transport interchanges at New Lynn and Te Atatu. It provides an alternative route and enhanced opportunities to walk and cycle to school, and to work, helping to address traffic congestion and pollution.
Provision of greater public access to the Whau River will result in greater environmental awareness, improved water quality, restoration of the riparian margins, adding to the “green network”, and generate environmental, social, cultural and health benefits.
Funding of $35.3 million was provided by the government to Auckland Council as Covid ‘shovel ready’ funding to construct Section 2 (Olympic Park to Ken Maunder Park) and Section 5 (Laurieston Park to the Northwestern Cycleway). These will be completed by 2024. Apart from the $35.3 million, some $9 million has also been provided by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Boards, Transpower and fundraising by the Te Whau Coastal Walkway Trust which has included grants from The Trusts Community Foundation.
Construction will generate on average 47 jobs per year over 8 years. The benefits of the pathway include improved access to the coast and stream banks, better connectivity for the community to existing community assets (including 35 schools and 33 local parks).
In June/July 2021 there will be community consultation on the design pathway aspects, through workshops and pop-up events. Details will be published on the web https://tewhaupathway.org.nz/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TeWhauPathway/
Lynfield College student Kevin Zhang (14) looks to have a very promising sports future ahead of him.
Kevin (Year 10) who swims for Roskill Swim Club, showed incredible talent at the 2021 Aon National Age Group Swimming Championships held at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in April.
His performance was outstanding, with five gold medals and a bronze. He also made the finals of the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
Lynfield College is justifiably very proud of him.
Gold: 100m Breaststroke (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Gold: 200m Freestyle (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Bronze: 200m Backstroke (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Gold: 100m Freestyle (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Gold: 200m Individual Medley (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Gold: 400m Freestyle (Men’s Final 14 Yrs)
Photos: Ron Delgrosso
By John Subritzky
The “Asset Recycling” program of selling parks is continuing its journey through the Auckland Council process.
Mayor Phil Goff was guest speaker at a New Lynn Business Association After 5 event. Goff spoke about how the Council is preparing its new budget and that the figures to date have not been as dire as predicted last year when Covid-19 created so many unknowns.
We asked the Mayor, “With less pressure on the budget, will Council be able to reassess the need to sell reserves, like the Davern Lane Reserve here in New Lynn?”
Goff responded, “We were looking at selling $224M of properties. A lot of the properties are empty spaces of ground that no one uses ... Davern Lane, the people have made submissions on that … Before we make a final decision to sell, it goes before an independent commissioner who will give us advice on it ... The final decision will be made when all the facts are pulled together.”
If a reserve in the middle of a residential area can be considered for sale, what else is at risk of being “recycled?”
By John Subritzky
The mid-term resignation of Susan Zhu from the deputy role of Whau Local Board (WLB) led to an election for a new deputy.
Independent Warren Piper was the first nomination, followed by Fasitua Amosa.
Warren has served in a governance role in the New Lynn Business Association (NLBA). On his election to the WLB he resigned his NLBA position to avoid any conflict of interest. The many events that Beacon has attended this term almost always have Warren at chair Kay Thomas’s side supporting her at community events.
Fasitua is active in the arts as an actor, and has had extensive film, TV and theatre roles.
The result of the election was a forgone conclusion with the Labour majority on the WLB electing one of their own, Fasitua. “I’m really excited to get going as Deputy Chair. I’ve enjoyed my time on the board so far and I’m really keen to help the board move forward”, he said.
Fasitua’s combative style with constituents in local Facebook groups, which he refers to as “shooting the breeze” may or may not become more statesman-like as deputy chair.
The uncertain weather did not deter the 200 or so people who ventured out to explore the ‘treasures’ of New Windsor in early May. The ‘treasures’ are the parks, green spaces and pathways of New Windsor. And of course, the people.
Participants started at New Windsor Primary School then walked a route around New Windsor using a map. Each had a ‘passport' to be stamped upon completing a range of activities at stations on the route. Manning these stations were Avondale Police, Whau Local Board, EcoMatters, Girl Guides, Auckland Transport, New Windsor Play Centre and New Windsor Community Hub.
The Treasure Hunt ended back at the school with a free BBQ, bouncy castle, fun activities, and a swim in the school pool. Prizes sponsored by Countdown Blockhouse Bay and Dorothy Butler Bookshop were drawn from the completed passports, concluding the event. Crystal Mountain also sponsored rewards for all participants.
Feedback was very positive with many commenting that they had discovered new places and had met new people from the area. Some were surprised to find out how far they had to walk, but enjoyed the experience, nonetheless.
The event was organized by New Windsor Community Hub. The Hub welcomes input from residents, and especially welcomes those who can volunteer their time and talents to support further development of community in our suburb. The Hub is based in the grounds of New Windsor Primary School.
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It was one of those beautiful, still clear autumn days that make you so happy to be alive.On this glorious sunny Sunday in May over seventy people gathered for the annual Whau River Clean Up Regatta.
Organised by the Whau River Catchment Trust (WRCT), who partnered with the West End Rowing Club, Sea Cleaners, New Lynn Sea Scouts, Te Atatū Boating Club, and Sustainable Coastlines, the event was also supported by the Rosebank Business Association, Te Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, and the Whau and Henderson-Massey Local Boards.
The Whau River estuary and mangrove areas got a thorough clean up, along with the Saunders Reserve and the Kurt Brehmer Walkway shorelines. The results were a trailer load of tyres hauled out of the river, two nine cubic metre skips filled with rubbish, and a large recycling bin was filled with recyclables.
The troops appreciated the fantastic barbecue at the end of the clean-up provided by the West End Rowing Club.
WRCT would like to thank all our supporters and particularly all the people who turned out on the day to volunteer their help to clean up our Whau awa wahapū (Whau river estuary). We are also very grateful to professional photographer Steven Neville of Auckland Sports Photography for donating his time to create a wonderful photo and video record of the event.
Whau River Catchment Trust